My favorite quote in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is on the last page of the epilogue:
“And I wonder just how many others like us are still out there struggling on their journey….We must encourage those still struggling to keep moving forward. My fellow students and I talk about creating a new kind of Africa, a place of leaders instead of victims, a home of innovation rather than charity. I hope this story finds its way to our brothers and sisters out there who are trying to elevate themselves and their communities, who may feel discouraged by their poor situation. I want them to know they’re not alone. By working together, we can help remove this burden of bad luck from their backs, just as I did, and use it to build a better future.”
In my opinion, this quote relates to one of the most important themes in this book — access to a quality education. Since we live in a “developed” nation all children have access to a basic K-12 education. However, many would argue that there are serious disparities in the quality of that education across our nation. Nevertheless all Americans do have access to a basic level of education.
Unfortunately, this is not the case in a number of places in the world. There are countless children like William Kambwamba who, through no fault of their own, are prevented from receiving a quality education. There are several reasons for this, such as the lack of financial resources to pay for tuition and school supplies, gender discrimination and war.
My question to readers is what would our world look like, if all children had access to a quality education and had the opportunity to adequately develop their innate gifts and talents?